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Why aren't you supposed to take really hot baths while pregnant?

I can't shower/bathe any other way. I love my water HOT. I've heard you're not supposed to but I've never heard why.

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Asked by MarineWife1108 at 10:52 PM on Oct. 21, 2009 in Health

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  • The theory is that you're not supposed to artificially raise your body temperature. However, my doctor said hot baths and showers are fine...but you shouldn't be sweating and red when you come out...i.e. if you take your temperature as you get shouldn't be abnormally high. Make sense?

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 10:58 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • it could overheat the baby... i like mine hot too. butttttttttt just keep it normal hot... like 100 or less in temp. you dont have to have it as hot as a hot tub

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 11:15 PM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • You can overheat the baby and cause brain damage. That is the reason pregnant women are told to stay out of hot tubs and sauanas too.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 2:04 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Oh. Ok. Makes sense. I knew they always said to stay out of hot tubs and stuff but again, never said why. I think that's the only thing nobody ever explained the why part.

    Answer by MarineWife1108 at 7:00 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Great question. I learned something new on cm.

    Answer by bella69147 at 7:47 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • It can make you go in to labor.

    Answer by louise2 at 8:16 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • if the temp is over 100, hot as a hot tub, then you could cook their organs.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 8:56 AM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Ok it CAN NOT make you go into labor, because at the end of my dd's pregnancy I took hotter baths than normal, maybe a lil over 100 degrees, and my kid came out a week and a day overdue. My doc however, does allow hotter baths when dealing with back pain, and being uncomfortable in general.

    Answer by Trinity0820 at 12:37 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

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